Girl power lyrics that'll inspire you to break the glass ceiling and conquer the world

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With the Grammys coming up, it’s time to start thinking about the best songs of the year. With this being the year of the woman, girl power anthems that are some of the year’s top hits come to mind. Our favorite female artists have been serving empowering music to match the passionate female energy. From pop songs to country hits, these women made enough influential music to get us through 2018. Line up your Spotify queue because you’re in for a new girl power playlist.

Most empowering female artists of the year (Photo credits: Getty Images)
Most empowering female artists of the year (Photo credits: Getty Images)

If there’s one woman in music whose voice has stood out during the #MeToo movement this year, it’s Kesha. After she alleged being “sexually, physically, and verbally” abused by her producer Dr. Luke, the pop star turned her tragedy into triumph with a new album, Rainbow. She landed two Grammy nominations in the pop music categories for her music. While everyone knows how powerful her song “Praying” is, there’s another song on her album that’s an ultimate lady anthem. If you haven’t heard “Woman,” now’s the time. The most empowering lyrics from the song:

I’m a motherf***ing woman, baby, all right
I don’t need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherf***ing woman, baby, that’s right

Lady Gaga also had a strong year, with two Grammy nominations for her album Joanne. Her Top 10 hit song “Million Reasons” served as a reminder of how powerful her voice is. The song provides hope to keep going even when times are tough. The best lyrics from the song:

Every heartbreak makes it hard to keep the faith
But baby, I just need one good one

Alessia Cara is known for sharing powerful messages of self-love through her music. This year she finally landed a nomination for Best New Artist. She was a part of one of the year’s most moving songs, “1-800-273-8255.” The song’s name is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Cara’s most powerful lyrics:

It’s holding on, though the road’s long
And seeing light in the darkest things
And when you stare at your reflection
Finally knowing who it is
I know that you’ll thank God you did

Lorde’s pop comeback earned her a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Her song “Green Light” is about heartbreak, yet it makes you want to dance. There is something so empowering and beautiful about dancing through the pain. The album celebrates being a young woman, and our favorite lines from the song are:

I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth
She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar

Though she didn’t received any Grammy nominations this year, Demi Lovato still had a killer year. Her song “Sorry Not Sorry” was an anthem for so many strong, independent women. The most iconic lyrics:

Now I’m out here looking like revenge
Feelin’ like a ten, the best I ever been
And yeah, I know how bad it must hurt
To see me like this, but it gets worse

And last but not least, Taylor Swift wasn’t eligible for her own album this year, but she received a nomination for writing Little Big Town’s song “Better Man.” Though the artists won’t say who the song is about, almost everyone can relate to the powerful lyrics. The opening lines are particularly strong:

I know I’m probably better off on my own
Than lovin’ a man who didn’t know
What he had when he had it

Which girl power anthem was your favorite, and who do you think will take home the most Grammys? Let us know in the comments!

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